As the 2009 -10 Cultural Season in New Orleans enters its last two months, classical music and live theatre productions remain on the schedule. Broadway Across America brings the best of the Big Apple to the Big Easy with Wicked performances through April 11 and Avenue Q in June. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra have at least six more concerts left in this year’s schedule, and another half dozen or so stage productions are still on the board for the city’s theatrical presenting organizations. Here is a rundown on what’s still to come this spring:
Broadway Across America
Two shows from the 2009-10 Broadway Across America season lineup still remain on the bill that runs through June. The two remaining shows include:
Performances will be held in the evening from Tuesday through Saturday with matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are on sale at various levels and prices. Performances are staged at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.
And if you can’t make one of these final performances, start thinking now about catching your favorite Broadway Shows in New Orleans next season! The 2010 -11 line-up brings even more of Broadway’s best shows to New Orleans. Here’s a look:
For details, tickets and more information, call 1-800-218-SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Or visit www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.
New Orleans Ballet Association
Celebrating the finale of its 40th season in 2009-10, the New Orleans Ballet Association brings the finest in classical and modern footwork to the stage at the star-studded gala event, Ruby Gala Des Etoiles, where ten internationally renowned principal dancers from five of the world’s most prestigious ballet companies perform ten ballet masterpieces by celebrated choreographers. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event featuring…
This elegant evening dazzles with an exceptional program of classical masterpieces from Swan Lake and Don Quixote to masterworks by ballet legends George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Jerome Robbins, John Neumeier, James Kudelka and Christopher Wheeldon. The event will also honor NOBA’s lifetime board member and community visionaries, Cecile Gibson, Henrietta Hall, Dr E. Ralph Lupin and Phyllis M. Taylor, who have supported and championed NOBA’s mission for more than 20 years.
Following the performance, gala chair Toni Bachmann will host 300 guests and the stars of the evening on stage, with dancing to the sounds of Jeremy Davenport and a gourmet meal prepared by celebrity chef Donald Link of New Orleans’ fine restaurants Herbsaint, Cochon and Butcher. Prior to the dinner, guests will enjoy a patron party chaired by Charlotte Bollinger.
For tickets and information call 504-522-0996 or check out www.nobadance.com.
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
In the early 1990’s, when the old New Orleans Symphony Orchestra went bankrupt and folded, a group of the orchestra’s musicians quickly revived it and transformed the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra into one of the few and most successful musician-run orchestras in the world. In the years since then, LPO has brought some of the world’s most renowned classical musicians to the stage in New Orleans, including violinists Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman and, most recently, cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Here’s what’s on tap for the remainder of the season:
For tickets and information call 523-6530 or visit www.lpomusic.com.
Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Le Petit Theâtre du Vieux Carré has a long history as the oldest continually operating community theater in the nation. Established in 1916 and operating out of its present location since 1922, Le Petit has continued to offer a wide variety of live fare ranging from original, first-run works to lively musicals and Broadway classics. Here is what’s on tap for the rest of the 2009-10 season:
For tickets and information call 522-2081 or visit www.LePetitTheatre.com.
Although the old French Opera House is long gone, the opera tradition lives on at the same site. A local ensemble calling itself Bon Operatit! has revived the great operatic tradition in the appropriately named Puccini Room at the Ramada Inn on Bourbon at Bourbon and Toulouse streets.
Consisting of tenor Jesse Nolan, mezzo-soprano Mary Penick Akin and soprano Lauren Mouney Gisclair, Bon Operatit! performs arias from some of the classic operas in the standard repertoire, plus a sampling of Broadway show tunes and other popular musical fare. They have entertained several times at the Inn on Bourbon and in other venues around New Orleans and they have a number of free performances slated at the Inn in the coming months.
From Verdi and Puccini to Rogers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Weber, Bon Operatit! is musical entertainment in the grandest New Orleans tradition. This talented trio recently released their first CD, featuring 14 songs ranging from Schubert’s “Ave Maria” to “Tonight” from Bernstein’s “West Side Story.” It also includes arias from Verdi’s “Rigoletto” and “La Traviata,” Puccini’s “Turandot” and “Gianni Schicchi,” Delibes’ “Lakmé,” St. Saëns’ “Samson et Dalila,” Bizet’s “Carmen,” Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” and Offenbach’s “Tales of Hoffman.” In all, Bon Operatit! offers a repertoire of more than 50 classic tunes from opera to popular musicals.
All performances are free and open to the public. For a complete schedule of Bon Operatit’s upcoming performances click here: www.bonoperatit.com.
For more information about Bon Operatit!, including booking for private social events, call 504-232-1046 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern Reperatory Theater
Located on the third level of the Shops at Canal Place, Southern Repertory Theater offers a good mix of original material and classic fare, and often serves as a venue for premiering new works by local playwrights. On the boards for the remainder of the season are the following productions:
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